The New York Times Travel Show 2017

GoBalticEurope reported on Lithuania at The New York Times Travel Show, January 2017,
with emphasis on traditional Baltic songs and dances.



Lithuania’s “Little Sun Rays” (Spindulelis) under the direction of Violeta Kundrotiene will dazzle the audience at the 2017 New York Times Travel Show.
Pictured is Lithuanian director, Violeta Kundrotiene on accordion,
together with the young Lithuanian performers “Little Sun Rays” (Spindulelis)
at the New York Times Travel Show recently.
This culturally-inspired children’s group sings,
dances, and plays Lithuanian instruments. Photo: Ann Charles.





By Ann Charles

The 2017 New York Times Travel Show will shine the spotlight on Lithuania’s “Little Sun Rays” (Spindulelis) under the direction of Violeta Kundrotiene on Sunday, January 29 at 1: 45pm on the Europe Pavilion Stage at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City. Yes, it’s official, inspired by Baltic song and dance celebrations on UNESCO’s World Heritage List, this unique Lithuanian children’s group that sings, dances and plays Lithuanian instruments is back by popular demand.

Expected to introduce this Lithuanian children’s group which is part of Violeta’s Music Studio at the show, is Lithuanian Consul General Julius Pranevicius, the Office of the Consulate General of the Republic of Lithuania in New York. Travel enthusiasts at the show can pick up travel brochures on Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia at the Via Hansa (booth 566) courtesy of Eriks Lingeberzins of Via Hansa Tours based in Riga, Latvia, in cooperation with the Lithuanian Consul General Julius Pranevicius.

The colorful brochures at the show were published by the Lithuanian State Department of Tourism under the Ministry of Economy in Vilnius, Lithuania, the Latvian Tourism Development Agency in Riga, Latvia, and the Estonian Tourist Board/ Enterprise Estonia in Tallinn, Estonia. Via Hansa provides hospitality service in Scandinavia, the Baltic countries, Poland, etc. Eriks Lingeberzins of Via Hansa based in Riga, Latvia, together with other Baltic representatives will be at the booth to answer any travel questions.

On Saturday, January 28, you won’t want to miss the performance of Estonian singer, Kristi Roosmaa at 3:l5PM on the Europe Pavilion Stage courtesy of the Estonian Consulate. According to GoBalticEurope, promoting tourism from North America to the Baltic States of Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia, was kicked off in 2005 at the New York Times Travel Show, and the interest in Northern Europe’s Baltic Sea Region is still going strong.

Besides the first Baltic promotion at the New York Times Travel Show in 2005 by GoBalticEurope, promotions continued throughout 2006-2017 on a non-profit basis. And the beat goes on.

This year, Sweden with Us AB (booth 67l) will be exhibiting at the 2017 New York Times Travel Show, This tour operator specializes in “tailored holidays to Sweden and will customize your trip from your own preferences.” Stop by the booth for more information. In March 2014, Swedish-born photographer Bo Zaunders (”Nordic Reach”), Lithuanian-American photographer Algis Norvila, and Lithuanian-American author/photojournalist Ann Charles (yes, that’s me) presented a Travel Seminar, “Northern Europe’s Baltic Sea Region: Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Scandinavia- An Unforgettable Journey.”

Pictured is Patricia Schultz, best-selling author of the book,
“l,000 Places To See Before You Die”
(Workman Publishing, New York).




And while you’re at the show, be sure to visit The Official Travel Show Bookstore downstairs in
Hall l E. Here’s your chance to meet author Patricia Schultz who wrote “l,000 Places To See Before You Die” (Workman Publishing, New York). The Second Edition features Old Vilnius and the Curonian Spit in Lithuania, Old Riga and Gauja Valley, Vidzeme, in Latvia, and Old Tallinn and Saaremaa Island in Estonia.

Keep in mind, too, that this year Patricia Schultz will be presenting a Travel Seminar in Room 4: l El5 from Noon to l pm on Sunday, January 29 called “Emerging Destinations: Iran, Myanmar, Cuba, and Antarctic (including the Falkland Islands and South Georgia).

Check the Official Travel Guide to the New York Times Travel Show, January 27-29, for complete show information, and times of performances. Among the list of exhibitors this year at the show from Northern Europe’s Baltic Sea Region in Sweden with Us AB (Booth 67l). This tour operator is appealing to travel enthusiasts who are interested in “stunning cities or beautiful nature” according to their ad in The Official Guide to The 2017 New York Times Travel Show.

Besides promoting Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia at The New York Times Travel Show, other European destinations being presented at the show on Saturday, January 28, include on the Europe stage at 2:45pm, “:Explore Sintra, the Romantic Capital of Portugal”. Now’s your chance to “win a four-night prize with air from Sagres Vacations and Sintra Tourism.”

Earlier on Saturday, January 28, at 2:l5PM, on the Europe stage, be sure to “Discover Ukraine through the incredible dancing of the Iskra Ukrainian Dance Ensemble. And for travel information on Poland, visit the Polish Tourist Organization’s booth 37l at the show.

According to the Official Guide to the show, Mayor Bill de Blasio stated that the show is the largest consumer travel and trade show in North America. On Friday, January 27, the show at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, 11 th Avenue and 35th Street entrance opens on Friday, January 27 for the trade only. There’s a Travel Industry Conference from 9am to 5pm. The Exhibition Hall is open from 2 to 7pm.

The show on Saturday, January 28, is open to the public and trade from 19 am – 6pm. On Sunday, January 29, the show is open to the public and trade from 11:am to 5 pm. For more information, go to nytimes.com/travelshow.

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